“So…” Father said, folding his morning newspaper.
Violet’s breath caught in her throat and she held her spoon inches from her mouth.
“Your birthday is coming up,” Father said.
Only in one week and two days, and this was the first time either of Violet’s parents had brought it up. She forced the spoon into her mouth and began crunching away on her cereal. No need to give him the impression that she’d been waiting for this conversation for well over a month.
“Mmm hmmm.” Even in her excitement, Violet knew better than to talk with her mouth full. She’d seen her older brother make that mistake too many times before he went off to college.
“Have you thought about what you’d like to do?”
Violet dropped the spoon into her bowl, reached into the back pocket of her jeans, pulled out the brochure, and slid it across the table to her father. He glanced down, frowning, at the portion she’d circled.
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“As we honor the soldiers who defended us during our darkest hours, we must also remember the artists who gave our soldiers the time they needed to preserve our way of life. These artists risked sanity and life just as the men and women in our armed forces, ad did it with little or no training, and often with no support, not even from friends and family. These are the true heroes of the Faerie War.” – General Sherman Bishop
The Champion’s tour in San Francisco is the finest and most secure artist tour in the country. While much of the tour of the young lady’s work exists in the Wild Zones of San Francisco, due to the importance of this artist’s place in the Faerie War, the United States Government has spared no expense to ensure the safety of citizens wishing to tour this young lady’s work. You can be absolutely certain of security as you follow her footsteps as she attempted to prevent the war from ever happening.
You may have considered visiting war sites: the crater of Washington DC, the Central Park Fortress, or perhaps even take the escorted flight through the Grand Canyon where the last holdouts of Unseelie faeries still fight, refusing to acknowledge the war is over. As exciting as those tours might be, they do not compare to the mystery and wonder of seeing the artist’s work from her first sketches as a fledgling artist to her graffiti work and paintings where she struggled to keep the faerie from our world. This artist’s work is the greatest and most tragic battle in the whole of the Faerie War and it deserves to be seen.
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“Please Dad?” Violet said.
M Todd Gallowglas is the bestselling author of the Tears of Rage and Halloween Jack series. This piece ties into the first two installments of DEAD WEIGHT, his serialized near-future, urban-fantasy, war thriller account of a war between the United States and the faerie of ancient Irish Mythology. DEAD WEIGHT: The Tombs is currently available in eBook, and part two DEAD WEIGHT: Paladin is coming soon.
To find out more about M Todd Gallowglas, head over to his official website: www.mtoddgallowglas.com